Week four began just as any other in Indiana… stormy. Due to weather, we spent the day at the library researching topics for our midseason project. The team was also able to obtain a booth in an upcoming festival in a town near the park. We are looking forward to using this opportunity for educational community outreach.
Tuesday was spent planting again in the SCA sedge meadow. The team planted the remaining Iris virginica and also some Pontederia cordata that had been transplanted from the greenhouse. The team then returned to the greenhouse to perform miscellaneous chores such as weeding. In other important news, the team finally finished season two of True Blood. With the beginning of season four on HBO the team has been frantically trying to catch up. This has occupied much of the team’s free time over the last two weeks.
Wednesday morning we returned to the Great Marsh to plant Carex squarrosa. Following lunch, we planted Carex stricta in Cowles Bog.
We continued to plant Carex stricta populations in Cowles Bog on Thursday. We also scattered populations of Carex lupulina, Carex scoparia, Carex projecta, Carex tribuloides, and Carex cristatella. As we plant more and more in the bog, we have been shifting the locations in which we plant. On Thursday we created a new entry point and laid down a board walk to prevent damaging our young and newly planted biota or the rest of the mat.